The final instalment to the whirlwind of student concerts took place in a different venue this time around, UWO`s Davenport Theatre. Managing to catch the first two pieces of the programme before leaving to perform myself, the Becker had fantastic rhythmic drive and ensemble work between the entire percussion section, while the Mendelssohn quartet possessed a very pure and beautiful opening adagio which lead into the rest of the captivating performance.
Unfortunately, I missed out on the Hétu Wind Quintet, but many thanks and credit to Luke Chang who took great shots of all the remaining performances from the evening. This leads to the Haydn Quartet, also known as “Fifths”, a name which describes the prominence of falling fifths in the theme (fun thing to note - this was the Op. 76 no. 2, and no. 1 was previously performed the previous Thursday).
The famed Ravel String Quartet was a delight to listen to; great blending between the players, and, of course, with very dynamic pizzes and energy from all. And the Stravinsky Concerto for piano and winds, a rich and grand piece, beautifully highlighted the large ensemble and intriguing, very rhythmic, piano playing.
This July 7th programme was a very lovely, very entertaining, conclusion to an intensely packed few days of chamber performances.
Bravo to all.
[ Kyle Reyes | Jay Mannion | Alex Petrenko | Kyle Reyes | Dave Burns | Colin Frank | - Becker, Away without Leave | Stelth Ng, Sunny Chan, Becca Gans, Kendra Grittani – Mendelssohn, String Quartet Op. 13 no.2 | Sara Moorhouse, Slavko Popovic, Anna Norris, James Tizzard, Natasha Sullivan – Hétu, Wind Quintet | Slavko | Laura Hillis, Cecilia Gee, Chantelle Jubenville, Charles Cayer – Haydn, Op. 76 no. 2, “Fifths” | Cecilia | Charles | Chantelle | Laura | Anne-Sophie Paquet, Gabriele Thielmann, Jonah Poplove, Nicolas Stephenson – Ravel String Quartet | Jonah | Gabi | Anne-Sophie | Nico | Ria Kim | Graham Isaak, Stéphane Krims, Daniel Lalonde, Brandyn Lewis, Joël Girard, Kyle Reyes, Chris Graham, Vlad Kalinichenko, Julien Simard, Marshall Gayman, Olivier Brisson, Emily Lair, James Tizzard, Joshua Wood, Daniel Mills, Peter Gajdek, Taz Eddy, Steve Donegan, Bianca Chambul, Kevin Harris, Kelly Hermann, Sara Moorhouse, Lara Deutsch, Laurence Neill-Poirier, David Gazaille, Aidan Dugan, Gabriel Lemieux, Natasha Sullivan, Ria Kim, Jaeyoung Chong – Stravinsky, Concerto for Piano and Wind | Greg Oh | THANK YOU Luke for photos ]